Posts By: dukeslee

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Monday 28th July 2008

Elin’s Story

This was part of a Des Moines Register series entitled “Bleak and Broken.” Tens of thousands of Iowans were living in substandard conditions in parts of the state where housing codes either don’t exist or fail to work. Hardest hit were rural areas. This is Elin’s story. ...

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Sunday 27th July 2008

Elin’s Story, Part II

April 21, 2003Section: Main News Page: 1AIowa mom’s story ends mysteriouslyBy JENNIFER DUKES LEEREGISTER CORRESPONDENT Storm Lake, Ia. – Elin Stewart didn’t want a million-dollar life -just a happy ending. She didn’t get either. Last October, Stewart’s living ...

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Saturday 26th July 2008

Back Home to Rural Iowa (an essay)

July 17, 2005 Section: Sunday Opinion, Des Moines Register (reprinted here with permission) Back home to rural Iowa By JENNIFER DUKES LEE The chance of a rural rebirth was all but dead, I once wrote. “Thousands of Iowans, like me . . . will never again live in their rural hometown,” ...

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Friday 25th July 2008

The last execution: Quick, quiet, grim

April 22, 2001Section: Metro Iowa; Page 1The last execution: Quick, quiet, grimTo gallows at dawn, to graveyard by noonBy JENNIFER DUKES LEEREGISTER STAFF WRITER Fort Madison, Ia. – Victor Feguer moved from Cell Block 97 to cemetery block F on a March morning in 1963. Hardly anyone ...

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Thursday 24th July 2008

McVeigh faces last day

June 11, 2001Des Moines RegisterSection: Main News; Page 1 McVeigh faces last day By JENNIFER DUKES LEEREGISTER STAFF WRITER Terre Haute, Ind. -They sold 25-cent lemonade, set up concession stands and hawked T-shirts. They carried it live and shared it with a worldwide audience. This is how ...

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Wednesday 23rd July 2008

Steely McVeigh breathes his last

June 12, 2001Des Moines RegisterSection: Main News; Page 7 Steely McVeigh breathes his last By JENNIFER DUKES LEEREGISTER STAFF WRITER Terre Haute, Ind. – Bill McCarthy stared into the eyes of his brother’s killer and saw another human being. The Des Moines man stared through the tinted ...

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Wednesday 23rd July 2008

Tattered Countryside — Part I

This was the first of a four-day series in The Des Moines Register that examined how the decline in family farms frayed the fabric of rural life in Iowa. The series was awarded the 2000 Outstanding Achievement Award by Gannett. The award is given in recognition of the best writing in the annual ...

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Monday 21st July 2008

Tattered Countryside — Part II

This was the second of a four-day series in The Des Moines Register that examined how the decline in family farms frayed the fabric of rural life in Iowa. The series was awarded the 2000 Outstanding Achievement Award by Gannett. The award is given in recognition of the best writing in the ...

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Sunday 20th July 2008

Tattered Countryside — Part III

This was the second of a four-day series in The Des Moines Register that examined how the decline in family farms frayed the fabric of rural life in Iowa. The series was awarded the 2000 Outstanding Achievement Award by Gannett. The award is given in recognition of the best writing in the ...

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Saturday 19th July 2008

Tattered Countryside — Part IV

This was the fourth part of a four-day series in The Des Moines Register that examined how the decline in family farms frayed the fabric of rural life in Iowa. The series was awarded the 2000 Outstanding Achievement Award by Gannett. The award is given in recognition of the best writing in the ...

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